UNSAFE ALL AROUND: Excerpts from Humanity NOT Statistics

Fort Point Theatre Channel presents
On With Living and Learning’s
Excerpts from Humanity NOT Statistics
Date : Friday, April 14th @ 8 PM
Midway Studios
15 Channel Center Street
Fort Point, Boston
Free admission and light refreshments

A workshop performance from On With Living and Learning (OWLL), with original music composed by the Sociedad Latina Youth Music Ambassadors.

The full script of Humanity Not Statistics, written by Mary Driscoll with seven middle school girls from six Boston schools in collaboration with Sisters on the Move, was presented as a staged reading in Boston at the Franklin Park Zoo in spring 2016. For this workshop, OWLL has collaborated with Sociedad Latina to compose original music by the Sociedad Latina Youth Music Ambassadors, a group of 15 talented young musicians. Youth Music Ambassadors receive intensive training in music and use those skills to perform in the community and create an original CD at the end of the year.

OWLL is a collective of artists who use art for activism. OWLL brings together underrepresented women and at-risk youth with community elders and teaching artists in leadership workshops that culminate in culturally specific theater productions focusing on the social justice issues most relevant to the participants. OWLL’s collective art serves as a basis for deep community listening, transformation, and the development of a new narrative for participants’ and their communities’ future.





8 pm, July 18-19, 2015
Channel Center Garage
Fort Point, Boston

Most pieces will also be performed at various times on July 16-17 during the 2015 Outside the Box festival on Boston Common.

Designed and Curated by Rick Dorff

When the Channel Center Garage opens its gates to INTER-ACTIONS, dozens of musicians and actors, poets and performance artists will collaborate with an inter-active art installation that billows and changes light and color patterns in response to their movements and sounds. A plus is that Fort Point’s new Channel Center Garage is also a monumental work of art to be appreciated.

The "Venue" for Inter-Actions. photo by Steve Dunwell/courtesy Spalding Tougias Architects

The “Venue” for Inter-Actions. photo by Steve Dunwell/courtesy Spalding Tougias Architects

INTER-ACTIONS centers on a three-piece, kinetic installation created by Fort Point Theatre Channel artistic co-director Rick Dorff. Performers manipulate, rearrange, rotate, and interact with or react to the installation’s sculptural pieces, each of which is activated by motion and sound sensors. The installation is constructed from fabric, mirror, wire mesh, wood, lighting, and various other materials.

INTER-ACTIONS includes a wide breadth of artistic genres, such as drama, dance, conceptual performance, music, film, video, opera, acrobatics, etc. Each piece is brief, ranging from a minute or less to ten minutes.

INTER-ACTIONS is #14 in FPTC’s free Exclamation Point series of short new works.

Here’s a sampling of what you might see, with a line-up that varies from day to day.

  • Awkward Instrument: Improvisational dance by Nicole Pierce, accompanied by Mitchel King Ahern on instruments that he makes using industrial materials and electronics and plays using traditional techniques for resonant sounds
  • Betrayal & Lies: Kevin Price plays bass clarinet while moving among the Inter-Action sculptures, coaxing them into reacting to the tango music of Mark Warhol.
  • Billows: The sea billows, the whales are crashing into each other], and the lilypads are getting all tangled up, all in Olivia Brownlee’s tale for children and adults. With Kimberly Mae Waller, Rebecca Lehroff, Jaime Carrillo, and Hana Pegrimkova; directed by Hana Pegrimkova and Mario Avila.
A model of the installation objects for INTER-ACTIONS. The total size will be about seven to nine feet on each dimension. The pieces will be covered mostly with light-colored fabrics that billow and change colors via interior lighting, all driven by sensors.

A model of the installation objects for INTER-ACTIONS. The total size will be about seven to nine feet on each dimension. The pieces will be covered mostly with light-colored fabrics that billow and change colors via interior lighting, all driven by sensors.

  • Catfishing: A virtual social experiment in which Heather Kapplow will attempt to force the appreciation of public art on people who would prefer to have an extremely casual sexual encounter, hopefully answering the age-old question of whether an art experience is a good substitute for a sexual one.
  • Conversation: Jason Fitz-Gerald, an actor, director, photographer, writer, and artist, will join poetry, drum, harmonica, and himself in a musical, verbal, and movement conversation.
  • Duck That: A jazz quartet that improvises all sounds on the spot as each member employs game calls and animal noises in addition to reeds, brass, voice, electronics, and many extended techniques. Steve NortonAngela Sawyer, and Jesse Collins have performed around Boston since 2007.
  • Holding On: A Marriage of Poetic Verse, Music, and Movement: A synthesis of excerpted text from OWLL projects interwoven with the Sarabande from J.S. Bach’s Sonata for Unaccompanied Flute in A Minor, to express the pain and resilience of youth who live in the shadow of incarceration. Compilation and narration by Mary Driscoll, musical performance by Peggy Friedland, and choreography by Zahra A. Belyea.
  • Il était une fois: Susan Dorff presents an original narrative poem by bicycle about a visit to the prehistoric alignments in Carnac, France.
  • inner EXCHANGEImprovisational music joining classical and world music, with Molly Exten (violin), Nicolas Sterner (cello), and Keiichi Hashimoto (cornet), in a group newly formed for this project.
  • Internal Organs, danced by Junichi Fukuda, abstractly depicts the process of food digestion as the organs (the installation) digest the food (the dancer).
  • My Name Is Art: In Peter Snoad’s short play, people react to an art installation—with a twist, of course. With Matthew Zahnzinger as Anthony, Kimberly Mae Waller as Gloria, and Kevin Paquette as Art; directed by Liz Adams.
  • Planet Egnarts: Two souls find themselves inside of a David Bowie song.  What will become of their connection and relationship under this extraterrestrial circumstance? With Kathleen Lewis, Jaime Carrillo, and Adam Baratz
  • The Prison Cell, a Palestinian poem read by Kria Sakakeeny
  • Soul Tapping: Kria Sakakeeny laces up her tap shoes to provide the exclamation and punctuation to a combination of spoken word and poetry.
  • Two Trumpets and a Tuba, with Eric Dahlman, John Baylies , and Keiichi Hashimoto
  • What You Seek Is Seeking You: The ensemble of Amelia Lumpkin, Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, Brookes Reeves, and friends are generating short plays that join the spoken word, movement, and percussive stomps, snaps, claps, vocal sound, and gibberish. With Kristin Rybeck, Johnny Quinones, Mal Malme, Cristina Dones, Jason Jedrusiak, and friends. 

Plus a lot more. Check back for updates.

INTER-ACTIONS is presented FREE, thanks to the generosity of our donors, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Cultural Council, and CV Properties.

Production Photos

Production Photos

Check out these photos of our sold-out production of Hidden Faces of Courage!

The Rehearsal Process

The Rehearsal Process

The cast of Hidden Faces of Courage has been putting in long hours of rehearsal. Under the guidance of director Tasia Jones, the eight experienced performers have studied the script, memorized their lines, and learned their blocking. Now, they are preparing to move into the performance space and work with set, costumes, and props. It won’t be long before they’ll see their hard work pay off with full houses. Opening weekend is nearly sold out! Get your tickets now before you lose your chance!

Cast Announcement

Cast Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the cast of “Hidden Faces of Courage!”


Shalaye Camillo
Theresa Chiasson
Alissa Cordeiro
Chris Everett
Maria Hendricks
Johnnie McQuarley
Dayenne C. Walters
Amy S. West

Check Out Our Flashmob!

“Rap is the form of art that the younger generation understands so that’s the way I choose to express myself because I know I’ll be heard and understood.”

When Executive Director Mary Driscoll heard this from a member of OWLL, she was inspired to write her own rap, “Paper Towers,” which tells a story in rhyme of the various obstacles that people confront in the bureaucracy of the reentry system.

On Friday, May 3, thanks to generous support from the Boston Foundation, we staged a flash mob! OWLL members and supporters danced to the beat of an African drummer outside the Roxbury District Courthouse as government officials and passersby stopped to watch.

The rap performed at this flash mob is part of OWLL’s upcoming production, Hidden Faces of Courage, which opens November 8, 2013.